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  • Day1

    Madrid, Espagne

    December 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Petite escale avant le grand départ en Amérique du Sud 🌍🎉
    À nous le Pérou, le Chili, l'Argentine et l'Uruguay !!!
    On attend ça depuis presque 1 an, on y est enfin, y a plus qu'à kiffer ❤️

  • Day1

    Auf geht's

    December 27, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 7 °C

    Heute war es endlich so weit. Nachdem ich nun Wochenlang die Tage gezählt und alle mit meinem Whatsappstatus genervt habe, bestieg ich den Flieger.

    Gegen 15 Uhr wurde ich von Alex zum Flughafen Stuttgart gefahren. Wir kamen so gut durch, dass wir viel zu früh da waren. Als dann endlich der Schalter offen war, checkte ich mein 14 kg Gepäck ein und erhielt nur die Boardkarte bis Madrid. Die Boardkarte für Bogota muss ich morgen abholen. Mein Gepäck allerdings wurde bis Bogota eingecheckt, obwohl es in den AGB's und FAQ's anders steht: Ab 12 h Aufenhalt (ich habe 14) oder wenn Ankunftstag und Anschlussflug an anderen Tagen sind (heute ist Donnerstag, ich fliege aber morgen, am Freitag, weiter), muss das Gepäck ausgecheckt werden.
    Und da ich nicht wusste, wem oder was ich trauen sollte, wartete ich am Gepäckband bis kein Koffer und keine Tasche mehr da war. Anschließend fragte ich noch um ganz sicher zu gehen an einem Serviceschalter nach.
    Und es blieb dabei, das Gepäck ist bis Bogota eingecheckt.

    Ich flog übrigens mit Iberia um 18.55 von Stuttgart nach Madrid. Dort kam ich um 21.20 planmäßig an. Das Gepäckband war um ca. 22.00 Uhr durchgelaufen.

    Da sich nun auch mein Magen meldete gönnte ich mir noch ein kleines Pizzastück für 6€ (ich liebe Flughafenpreise). Anschließend ging es zur Metro. Dort musste ich ein Ticket für 2.50€ kaufen, also nur die Karte. Dazu kamen eine Flughafengebühr von 3€ und die Fahrt an sich für 1.80€ zur Puerta del Sol, denn dort sollte mein Hostel liegen.
    Mit Linie 8 bis Colombia (welch ironie), Linie 9 bis Principe de Vargara und Linie 2 bis Sol brauchte ich nun knapp eine Stunde.

    Die Metro in Madrid ist übrigens sehr gut ausgebaut. Und die Bahnen kommen zum Teil alle 2 Minuten, manche drei und das längste, das ich gesehen hab: 5 Minuten. Und alle sind pünktlich. Da kann sich Deutschland ne Scheibe abschreiben.

    An der Puerta del Sol angekommen, staunte ich nicht schlecht, wie viele Menschen noch um 23 Uhr unterwegs waren, viele Familien. Es war das pure Leben auf der Straße. Ich schlenderte noch ein wenig durch die Straßen und hätte ich gewusst, dass hier noch so viel offen ist, hätte ich hier gegessen. Irgenwann muss ich aber auch ins Bett und so machte ich mich auf mein Hostal zu suchen.

    Lief trotz Maps 3 mal daran vorbei, bis ich das kleine, rote Schildchen entdeckte. In dem Gebäude waren 3 Hostales, meines im 3. Stock. Erstmal machte mir keiner auf, bis ich dann ziemlich aufdringlich und lang klingelte. Ich bekam mein Zimmer. Und bin nicht sehr zufrieden damit. Die Größe ist für ein Einzelzimmer in Ordnung, aber ich merke jetzt schon, dass es sehr hellhörig ist. Ich höre tatsächlich jeden Pups aus den Nachbarzimmern. Mal schauen wie die Nacht wird. Die Straße hört man auch sehr und die vorbeiziehenden, gröhlenden Betrunkenen

    Aber ich habe ein Waschbecken in dem ich meine Unterwäsche waschen konnte, damit ich morgen wieder frisch den Flug antreten kann.

    Ich war noch kurz in einem kleinen 24h Minimarkt, um etwas zum Trinken zu kaufen, ich verdurste. Und nun werde ich mich schlafen legen.

    Gute nacht ♡
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  • Day2

    Cultural Madrid

    October 1, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Madrid turned out to be a lot more artistic and fun place than I had expected. A lot of cultural shows and street dancing. Some very cool graffiti.. Its a happening place with a lot of pubs and bars with a pulsating night life. And its hot here.. Believe me after the 12C in Stockholm, the 25C feels like an ovenRead more

  • Day14

    Madrid private walking tour

    April 8, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    After enjoying a free walking tour on the first day in Madrid I decided to book another one of the literary area of Madrid with the same company. The guide Tatiana was great and very friendly and the tour was only 10€. I turned out to be her only client so I had a two hour private tour while we chatted and she told me the history of the area.

    I learned about the life of Miguel de Cervantes a 15th Century Spanish novelist most famous for writing Don Quixote, it was the first modern European novel and is still top three on the most sold novels of all time. We also looked at prose written on pavements and statues of other authors and playwrights. We visited the private little garden behind the house rhat Crevantes used to live in. She pointed out many old shops and also recommended the fabulous Flamenco show I went to. A great way to spend a couple of hours.
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  • Day9

    Madrid, so different from Portugal

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Our first full day in Madrid is done. We arrived late last night after a delay in our flight of an hour leaving Porto. We scrambled a bit knowing our hosts were waiting for us to check-in in Madrid. We took the express airport bus as far as we could then jumped in a cab to our air bnb. No answer when we rang the bell. Freaked out slightly. 😜 We we into a Bar/ resto that was shutting down for the night. They were kind enough to let us use their cell phone to contact our hosts. By now it is 1:00am! No problem , they would be there in 5 min to meet us. Sure enough they came in their pyjamas lol😂. Sweetest young couple ! They checked us in and gave us info we needed for their great apartment. Needless to say we passed out not long after 😴. Today we explored Madrid. Such a contrast from the cities we visited in Portugal. Portugal had such an old world charm, hardly any fast food places at all. Madrid is much more cosmopolitan , Starbucks , McDos , fast food etc... it does however still have a very historic side to it with beautiful monuments , palaces and the most gorgeous city centre square , Plaza Major. We ate churrios dipped in melted chocolate At Chocolateria San Gines! Highly recommended by Taylor from when she visited Madrid. Tonight we ate paella and sangria. 😊. We watched a beautiful dance show in Plaza Major before coming back to our apartment. Tomorrow... there are a few sites left to see. Cheers to another fantastic day in our European adventure 🍷💕Read more

  • Day9

    A bear and a strawberry tree...

    September 24, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    On our last full day in Madrid , we set out after breakfast in our apartment and once again headed out to see more sights. Our location is perfect , we are within walking distance of everything. Lots and lots of walking but it is the best way to see everything and get a true experience of this city. One if our first stops was Palacio Real , the national palace. A magnificent 18 th century palace which is the official residence of the royal family but is only used for state ceremonies. Right beside the palace was Cathedral de la Almudena. It is a Catholic Church and it is the seat of the Archdiocese of Madrid. We were there when the bells rang at noon! Talk about loud ! We were determined to get to Puerta del Sol. It is a city square , the exact center of Madrid , kilometre 0. The spot is marked by a statue of a bear and a strawberry tree, which is the official symbol of the city!! From there we left and headed to the complete opposite side of the city to one of the most beautiful parks I've been in, parque De El Retiro. It's an expansive park that belonged to the Spanish monarchy until it was given to the public in the 19th century. It's known as the green heart of the city. It is 350 acres , with flowers , fountains , a man made lake where you can rent rowboats , and monuments. Palacio de Cristal is a gorgeous glass building in the middle of the park. We had bought a picnic lunch on our way. A sandwich of traditional cured Serrano ham on a baguette bun , a beer and an orange 😊. We ate in the park and being Sunday it was full of families spending a nice sunny hot day in the park. We headed back to our place. We had decided to cook dinner ourselves so we bought groceries to make pasta and dessert. After supper we walked back out to get coffee. We catch a train at 8:30 tomorrow morning to go to Barcelona. Luckily the train station station is just a 10 minute walk from our place! Madrid it's been real 😊Read more

  • Day23

    Cheeseburger

    July 12, 2016 in Spain ⋅

    We woke up late after the night out. We all showered and went back to city center to finish our other self guided tour.

    We started in the Puerta Del Sol square where we saw the Clock of Casa de Correos (which rings in the new year) before heading up the famous Calle Arenal Streeet. On this street, we ate at the San Ginés Chocolate Bar next to the Monastery San Ginés - they serve quite literally the BEST CHOCOLATE CON CHURROS I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. NO LIE. if you are ever in Madrid... Go here.

    After eating as much chocolate as we could manage (ie. A lot) we wandered past a few places great for photo ops. There was the Monastery of the Incarceration, Plaza de Oriente behind the Royal Opera House and the Royal Palace and Gardens. Afterwards came the La Almudena Cathedral, which was closed today, and the Plaza de la Villa square, which wasn't. We then stumbled into the Church of San Miguel (which was super creepy) before ending at the Plaza Mayor square, which housed fat superman.

    We met our Australian friend for a late dinner. I ordered pesto salad & it was probably the best food I've eaten so far haha. We are looking forward to seeing phoebe again when she comes to Montreal at the end of September.

    We went back to Keri's where we just hung out, ate food & watched some TV because we had an early flight to catch the next morning.

    Breanna & I ended up staying up until 4:00am because I was trying to like all her pictures on instagram (until it locked me out). I now know her whole family, & what she got for Christmas every year since 2013.

    I didn't even end up sleeping because it was TOOOOO hot.
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  • Day40

    Our last day in Madrid Pt 1

    November 11, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Our plan is to leave Madrid by AVE tomorrow and go to Barcelona. Well, that requires train tickets, and the on-line booking option was not a good one for us, for a variety of reasons - no access to a printer, language, and not having an Apple or Android phone. So, off we went to Atocha railway station, which was only a short walk from our hotel.

    Atocha is a big station, but we soon found an information desk. The response was underwhelming - a shrug and pointed in the direction of the ticket office. There we met with even worse. No English at all, and no offer of help, while one of them was doing a Find-a-Word. Fortunately a young couple with Spanish were also able to speak English and they had a dismal response too, but at least they were told to go to another area. We followed them and we ended up in the AVE ticket and information area where it was not quite bedlam, but very disorganised. Due to some troubles AVE tickets were not able to be booked at a booth, and certain lines HAD to be booked at certain ticket offices. Even Spanish speaking people were having problems!

    Nevertheless we ended up with a very helpful lady who was able to help us register for a Seniors Card and then book us tickets for tomorrow. The 40% saving off the ticket price was much, much more than the price of the Seniors Card, so we did well there.

    We backtracked and started following the Red Bus route as per yesterday. One of our goals was to go up to the top of the Branco de España building at Calla Alcala. It was 4 Euro to take the lift up, or for another Euro you could go to the current exhibition. We had no idea what the exhibition was, but why not? The view from the rooftop was great, and gave us good photo opportunities of several icons that were difficult to film from street level. The coffee though was way overpriced.

    Nearly every day we come across a gem, and today it was the exhibition. It was all about record covers (remember them?) and concert posters, starting around 1963. All the big bands from that era, and the individuals such as Joni Mitchell were there, with a strong contingent from Europe too. It was a stroll down memory lane in so many ways.

    One of my goals was to see the Templo De Debod, a reconstructed Egyptian temple from what is now the Aswan Dam. Before the dam flooded important historical monuments they were dismantled and rebuilt elsewhere (I am a bit hazy about the details) and because Spain helped they were given a temple. Just awesome to look at something in the middle of a park in Madrid that was built in Egypt over two thousand years ago. Unfortunately it was closed to the public but we still admired it.

    A long stroll down to the Cathedral was next. This amazing structure is the result of both religious and secular funding, and was only consecrated in June 1993 by Pope John Paul II. It had been started well over a century ago, and the history of the statue associated with it, Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, is extraordinary. Well worth a visit, even if they don’t have real candles to light.

    By this time it was getting late so we went back to our hotel, showered and changed, and headed out for dinner. Not far from Puerta Del Sol we turned down a side street and stumbled upon a tapas bar that just appealed to us. We sat outside and had a lovely dinner. People are the most important thing when travelling, in our opinion, and we struck up a conversation with a young couple from Panama who had a friend currently living in Australia. A photo of a kangaroo was pulled up on her phone, and we had a great chat about travel.

    Earlier in the day we had found food market, Mercado De San Miguel and after dinner we headed there again. That warranted a second posting for the day!
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  • Day11

    Logroño

    September 17, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    9.17 Sunday
    Yesterday's stop was at Los Arcos but as we could not find accommodations there, we took a taxi to our hotel nearest Logroño.

    An amazing day in Logroño! - with wine festival and semi/final acrobatic bull competition! We've never seen such such an amazing spectacle before. Incredible courage shown by men willing to let a bull charge at them as they decided to jump over the bull or just arch their bodies to have the bull pass by.Read more

  • Day1

    Madrid, Spanien

    November 21, 2017 in Spain ⋅

    Zwischenstopp in Madrid perfekt ausgenutzt! Auf dem Weg nach La Paz galt, den einen 8h Zwischenstopp in Madrid zu überbrücken. Um die  Zeit typisch deutsch (effizient und humorlos) zu nutzen und noch einen kleinen Happen zu schnappen habe ich mich entschieden, nochmal die Tram in die Innenstadt zu nehmen. Bei dem Rundgang durch die Stadt durfte auch ein letzter Snack auf europäischem Boden in einem der zahlreichen 'Museen de Jamon' nicht fehlen.Read more

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